This off-season has an opportunity to be the most significant off-season since the last time LeBron James was a free agent. During the finals, it was clear that LeBron was getting no help in Cleveland, with the emergence of the young Boston Celtics, and dominant Golden State Warriors, we can be pretty sure LeBron will be leaving Cleveland. The question is where? James has not tipped at all where he is likely to wind up. Whenever he is asked, he avoids the question or gives a vague answer. This could be because there are multiple factors that have not happened yet, that will influence his decision.
Besides LeBron, there is a lot of talent in free agency this year; Paul George, Chris Paul, and Demarcus Cousins are just a few of the huge names entering free agency. Although Kawhi is not a free agent this year, he has expressed his displeasure with the Spurs organization, this means it is possible he is traded. Leonard has publicly said that he wants to play for the Lakers. It seems as though this summer is going to be a game of chess. It is likely once one of these players makes a decision the rest will make theirs soon after.
LeBron knows he is going to need a strong secondary option, and possibly a third in order to beat the Warriors. James showed that despite having a lack of significant star power in his teammates, he was still able to bring his team to the finals. There are so many scenarios that can play out that it is nearly impossible to predict where any of these players will land. However, this prediction is what will give LeBron the best chance at another title.
The king will take over Los Angeles and become a Laker. The Lakers have enough talent to trade to the Spurs in order to acquire Kawhi Leonard. Having the two best two-way players in the league on one team will completely change the organization and the Western Conference. If these two team up in L.A it is likely at least one more of the big name free agents will try to be picked up by the lakers, whether it be Paul George or Chris Paul, the Lakers have an opportunity to bring back the show and form a super team. However, this might be hard to swing, the Spurs won’t want to trade Kawhi to a Western Conference team and paying Lebron and another free agent will be costly.
There are so many possible factors and scenarios that nothing is certain. One question that will go unanswered is how will this decision affect LeBron’s legacy? If he forms a super team in L.A, the way he did in Miami is he admitting that the Warriors are just too good? There is no doubt that LeBron will be looking for stronger teammates, something we all can agree he needs to do, especially after watching the finals. But a super team? He showed that he was able to compete without a super team, is one more star player enough or does he need to create a roster as dominant as the Warriors?